If you're remodelling your house or building a house from scratch, you'll need an architect. So, how do you go about choosing one? These tips will help you make the right decision about the person who'll have so much input in your new home.
Get the Full Picture: Research Thoroughly
You may already know what you want without any research. It's still a good idea to check out architecture websites to look at similar constructions so you can see how your dream home will work in reality. If you haven't made any decisions, research will help you make choices. Having a good idea of what you want before you see an architect gives you an excellent platform from which to start.
Get Feedback: Ask for References
All architects have to start somewhere, but you may prefer somebody with experience, so your home isn't the architect's practicing project. If the architects you're looking at have websites, you'll be able to look at their previous work to get an idea of their style and ability. When you've made a decision, request references from your chosen architect's former clients.
Essential Questions: Interview Your Architect
If you're happy with your architect's references, it's time to interview them and ask the fundamental questions. Here are some of the things you may want to know before making a final decision:
Does the architect seem interested in you and your project? You want to know that you have a connection with the person responsible for designing your home. You also want to see some passion for your project.
How much input will you have with the contractors? Will you oversee the project? You want to know if your architect will manage the project or whether you need to hire a project manager.
Will I be able to reach you by phone if I need to? You aren't looking to be a nuisance to your architect, but you may have problems come up that you will want to discuss ASAP.
How do we resolve any disagreements on the project? You want to know that you won't be pushed into decisions about your home that you don't agree with. There may be things that you'll have to accept, but you want to know that your input is always listened to and valued.
This is just a sample of the things you may want to know. You'll need to discuss the financial and practical side of the project and have these written into a contract that you have checked over by your lawyer.
Trust Your Instincts: Go with Your Gut
Ultimately, when all the finalities have been made, you have to go with your gut instincts. If you like and trust your architect, you'll have a better working relationship that will make the project run smoother.